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Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Clashes between Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

9 May 2006

 

11 Palestinians Injured in Armed Clashes between Fatah and Hamas in Gaza City

Eleven Palestinians were injured, including three Hamas and Fatah activists, during armed clashes between the supporters of both parties in the Tuffah Quarter of Gaza City.  Eight of the injured were civilians, including five children.  

PCHR's initial investigation indicates that at approximately 02:00 on Tuesday, 9 May 2006, armed clashes erupted between members of Fatah and Hamas in the Tuffah Quarter of Gaza City.  Automatic weapons were used in the clashes, which continued until the morning.  Eleven Palestinians were wounded, including three members of both parties.  The other eight injured persons were Tuffah residents, including five children.  They were taken to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City for treatment.

The clashes erupted after kidnappings had been carried out by both sides.  Accusations made by both parties also stirred up tensions.  Hamas accused Fatah of firing at a member of the Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades near Shawwa Square in Tuffah and of firing at a number of Hamas members' houses in the Tuffah and Daraj Quarters.  Fatah accused Hamas of the unjustified kidnapping of one of its members in the area.  After leaders of both parties intervened, the captives on both sides were released.

The clashes in Gaza City came hours after the Higher Supervisory Committee of Palestinian Factions, which includes the majority of national and Islamic parties including Fatah and Hamas, issued a statement banning the use of violence in internal disputes.  The Committee formed a commission of inquiry into the Fatah-Hamas clashes in Khan Yunis on 8 May 2006, which led to the death of three Palestinians and the injury of eleven others.

PCHR strongly condemns these clashes, and:

1.         calls on both sides to demonstrate calm and self-restraint.  Both sides should engage in dialogue in order to resolve the crisis and ensure that it is not repeated in the future;

2.         calls upon all national and Islamic parties to intervene in order to ensure that the crisis does not escalate;

3.         calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these attacks and to bring the perpetrators to justice; and

4.         points to the escalating internal violence and misuse of weapons by armed groups and individuals, which is causing the current state of security chaos in the Occupied Palestinian Territory to deteriorate further.

 

 

 

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